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A Reasonable Man (1999)

With issues of his own, an ex-army officer-turned-lawyer defends an impoverished young cowherd of killing a baby.

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Gavin Hood

Writer:

Gavin Hood
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gavin Hood ... Sean Raine
Nigel Hawthorne ... Judge Wendon
Janine Eser ... Jennifer Raine
Vusi Kunene Vusi Kunene ... Prosecutor Linde
Ken Gampu ... Headman
Loyiso Gxwala Loyiso Gxwala ... Sipho Mbombela
Nandi Nyembe Nandi Nyembe ... Sangoma Rachel Ndlovu
Ian Roberts Ian Roberts ... Chris Van Rooyen
Graham Hopkins Graham Hopkins ... Professor MacKenzie
Rapulana Seiphemo Rapulana Seiphemo ... Joe Zuma
Keketso Semoko Keketso Semoko ... Mary Majola
Thembi Nyandeni Thembi Nyandeni ... Miriam Mbombela
Duma Mnembe Duma Mnembe ... Village Sangoma
Amanda Dakada Amanda Dakada ... Mary's Sick Daughter
Ayanda Ncube Ayanda Ncube ... Thandi Mbombela
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A Reasonable Man tells the story of a city lawyer who comes across the case of a herdboy from remote, rural Zululand, who has killed a one year old baby in the mistaken belief that he was killing an evil spirit, known throughout Southern Africa as the "Tikoloshe". Dark Secrets which lie buried deep within the lawyer connect him to the boy. He takes the case and enters a world of African witchcraft and mysticism to discover the truth about the killing - and himself. Written by Gavin Hood <gavinhood@compuserve.com>

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Country:

South Africa | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 August 1999 (South Africa) See more »

Also Known As:

En resonabel man See more »

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Budget:

$61,000 (estimated)
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Dolby SR

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1.85 : 1
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An excellent film on a universal dilemma.
12 October 1999 | by siri-4See all my reviews

Both white and black may be possessed by demons. These evil spirits needs to be removed. This unique film explores the depth of possession across two cultures, one a white lawyer, the other a black herdsman. Set in KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa, with excellent trial scenes ennobled by Nigel Hawthorne as the judge, and one who is willing to search for truth and reconciliation. Five stars to Gavin Hood for developing the story and acting it to such perfection. Though based on a true event in 1933 this story is relevant to Southern Africa today and the new South Africa. A must for discerning film goers.


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